NDOT: Lincoln South Beltway will be open to traffic by 2023

The Lincoln South Beltway project is on scheduled to be completed and open to traffic by spring 2023, state transportation officials announced Friday. 
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The Lincoln South Beltway project is on scheduled to be completed and open to traffic by spring 2023, state transportation officials announced Friday.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation said in a news release is is working with the contractor, Hawkins Construction in Omaha, to overcome financial challenges that have threatened to delay the project.

Due to the instability in the financial markets from COVID-19, Hawkins Construction notified NDOT in March that they were unable to finalize their financial package within the originally scheduled timeframe, the release said.

“Dirt is turning and we are invested,” said NDOT Director Kyle Schneweis. “We understand there is a lotof uncertainty in our lives today but we are focusing on delivering what is in front of us and planning the best we can with what we know.”

The project is one of the largest in state history. With a $352 million price tag, it includes an 11-mile east-west four-lane freeway that aims to reduce congestion on Highway 2 in Lincoln and improve mobility. Initial construction began in February.

 

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